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Fall 2014Comp Lit 191 / French 153DFantastic FictionsThe Fantastic is one of the many inventions of the Nineteenth century. It has been described asthe creative reaction to a bourgeois, prosaic world, dominated by capitalism and rationalism, anddeserted by poetry, faith and the imagination. Writers of fantastic literature were fascinated by theparallel realities of mental disorder, madness, dreams and drug-induced perceptions. The voidleft by the materialistic explanations of reality became the space where a fantastic perception ofreality could develop and thrive, hesitating between the real and the supernatural, in theintermediate space of the unexplained and unexplainable. We will read stories by Balzac,Cortázar, Dumas, Gautier, Gogol, Hoffmann, Kafka, Maupassant, Mérimée, Edgar A. Poe, andVilliers de l’Ile-Adam. In English.Time: Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-1:45Place: Theater & Dance 1701Instructor: Dominique JullienOffice hours: Thursday 2:30-4:30 pm & by appointmentOffice: 5220 Phelps HallEmail: djullien@frit.ucsb.eduThursday October 2, 2014IntroductionTuesday October 7E.T.A. Hoffmann “The Sand Man” (from the reader)Thursday October 9E.T.A. Hoffmann, “The Cremona Violin” (from the reader)Additional reading: 1) Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny (from the reader); 2) Hélène Cixous,“Fiction and its Phantoms” (from the reader)Tuesday October 14H. de Balzac, The Wild Ass’s Skin (to p.108)Thursday October 16Balzac cont’d (to p.194)Tuesday October 21Balzac cont’d (to p.285)Thursday October 23Prosper Mérimée, “The Venus of Ille”(from Joan C. Kessler (ed.) Demons of the Night)Additional reading: Tzvetan Todorov, The Fantastic (from the reader)Tuesday October 28Alexandre Dumas “The Slap of Charlotte Corday” (from Demons of the Night)Thursday October 30Théophile Gautier, “The Dead in Love” (from Demons of the Night)Tuesday November 4Théophile Gautier, “Arria Marcella” (from Demons of the Night)Thursday November 6MIDTERM EXAM (IN CLASS)Tuesday November 11Veterans’ Day—no classThursday November 13Edgar Allan Poe, “The Oval Portrait”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” (from the reader)Tuesday November 18Poe cont’d, “The Man of the Crowd” (from the reader)Thursday November 20Nikolai Gogol, “The Nose” (from the reader)Tuesday November 25Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, “The Sign” (from Demons of the Night)Thursday November 27Thanksgiving—no classTuesday December 2Villiers, “Véra” (from Demons of the Night)Thursday December 4Guy de Maupassant, “The Horla” (from Demons of the Night)Tuesday December 9Maupassant, “Who knows?” (from Demons of the Night)Thursday December 11Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis” (from the reader)Julio Cortázar, “The Night Face Up”; “Continuity of Parks” (from the reader)ConclusionMonday, December 15, 12-3 PMFINAL EXAMINATIONWHAT YOU WILL NEED IN THIS CLASSA. The following books are available from the UCSB bookstore:Required Books:1) Demons of the Night : Tales of the Fantastic, Madness, and the Supernatural fromNineteenth-Century France, Translated & Edited by Joan C. Kessler (University OfChicago Press, 1995)ISBN: 02264320842) Honoré de Balzac, translated by Herbert J. Hunt, The Wild Ass’s Skin (PenguinClassics, 1977)ISBN: 0140443304Optional Book:Tzvetan Todorov, The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre, Translatedby Richard Howard with an Introduction by Robert Scholes (Cornell University Press,1980)ISBN-10: 0801491460B. I-clicker, available at the UCSB Bookstore(Note: if you already have an i-clicker, you do not need to buy a new one.)C. Additional reading (available as a reader from SB Printers). The reader isalso available in the Library on a 2-hour reserve:Selections from:- E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Best Tales of Hoffmann, Edited by E.F. Bleiler (DoverPublications, 1963)- Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny (Penguin Books, 2003)- Hélène Cixous, “Fiction and its Phantoms: a Reading of Freud’s Das Unheimliche”(The Uncanny”), from S. Vine (Ed.), Literature in Psychoanalysis (New York: PalgraveMacmillan, 2005)- Tzvetan Todorov, The Fantastic (Cornell University Press, 1980)- Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Tales & Poems (Vintage Classics, 1975)- Nikolai Gogol, The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol, Translated by R. Pelvear & L.Volokhonsky (Vintage Classics, 1998)- Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis” (The Complete Stories, New York: SchockenBooks, 1971)- Julio Cortázar, “Continuity of Parks”; “The Night Face Up” (End of the Game andOther Stories, New York: Collier Books, 1968)COURSE REQUIREMENTS (Please note that you must fulfill all requirements inorder to pass the course):ATTENDANCE. No more than two justified absences are allowed during the quarter.READING. Read all the texts carefully in preparation for class. Be prepared toparticipate in class discussions. Bring the text to class. There will be quizzes.CLICKER. Don’t forget to register your clicker. You need to bring it to every class. Wewill use it every day.EXAMS. Midterm (Thursday 11/6) and Final (Monday 12/15, 12-3 pm) both in class.GRADING:10% Class performance including attendance, quizzes and participation30% Midterm Exam60% Final Exam

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